Bearded Dragon health care – The most common illnesses

Bearded dragons are very sensitive animals, however, complaining about pain or showing your weakness isn’t something they will normally do. After all, that is how they become prey for other animals. If your bearded dragon is acting strange or even if it isn’t but you are suspicious about something, pay attention to a few following signs that might reflect your pet’s illness.

Lack of energy, aggressive behavior or any other change in behavior, in general, can be a sign of sickness as well as swollen eyes or mouth, limping, not eating, abnormal defecating or its absence. Before you rush to the vet make sure it isn’t breeding season for your dragon which can also be a cause of the unusual behavior and other changes.

The most common bearded dragon diseases are:

Metabolic Bone Disease affects your dragon’s bones1. Metabolic Bone Disease affects your dragon’s bones making them weak and fragile, and it is often caused by the lack of different Vitamins, Calcium or Phosphorous. To see if your dragon has this disease check for the bumps on its legs, neck, and tail and pay attention to his bottom jaw which should be swollen. Twitches, tremors, and jerky movements are also signs of this illness. The fact that this disease is most common makes it easy to treat, you can cure it just with proper diet, UV lighting, and appropriate temperature as well as multivitamin treatment.

2. Respiratory Infection is very rare when the bearded dragon is in its natural habitat or the conditions similar to it. However, if it is held captive in low temperature and high humidity conditions, the respiratory problem is bound to happen. Incorrect, inappropriate habitat is what causes this illness, if you increase the temperature and adjust the UV lighting the right way, illness will disappear the same way it came. Symptoms are breathing difficulties, unusual excess liquid around your dragon’s nostrils or mouth as well as dragon gaping his mouth and puffing up his throat.

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3. Hypovitaminosis is often misdiagnosed as MBD – Metabolic Bone Disease, which is much more severe. Hypovitaminosis is caused by lack of vitamin B1, which causes tremors and twitches. How tremors and twitching are also symptoms of MBD, these two illnesses get confused too often. This problem can be solved by changing your beardie’s diet, increasing Vitamin B1 intake will be enough for your dragon to get well. If you are asking yourself where to find Vitamin B, you will be glad to know that fresh greens and vegetables are full of it.

dragon_male_face4. Hypervitaminosis A, like it name says it is Vitamin A overdose and surprisingly that exact vitamin is the most common in beardie’s diet. It’s okay if your beardie’s taking only natural vitamin A, but please don’t use reptile supplements that are usually full of artificial vitamin A. Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis are swollen eyes, throat and body and lack of energy.
If you noticed any of these symptoms and you don’t know how to help your pet, contact your vet and schedule an appointment, after all, he will know the best way to treat your bearded dragon.

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Author: Gene Autumn

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